International Wine Cellar | Rating: 85Bright red-ruby. Cassis, black cherry, shoe polish and oak on the nose, plus a medicinal note. Offers good intensity, but the cooked berry and green flavors clash and dry the palate. Conveys an impression of incomplete ripeness. The tannins are a bit dry.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: November/December 1998
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88Distinctive and austere in style, with a trim band of cedary oak, currant, anise and sage. Slowly works its way into more complex flavors, and once the tannins subside it should offer even more complexity. A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. New from Robin Lail, a former partner at Dominus.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91The 1995 J. Daniel Cuvee is the debut release from Lail Vineyards. An outstanding effort, it is a blend of 56% Merlot and 44% Cabernet Sauvignon made by Philip Melka (the winemaker at Seavey). The wine is a beautifully rendered, Medoc-like California red with a dense, saturated ruby/purple color, and stylish, complex aromatics consisting of tobacco, black currants, creme de cassis, and subtle toasty oak (approximately 33% new oak casks are utilized). The wine is medium to full-bodied, with sweet tannin, a graceful, long mid-palate and finish, and 15 or more years of potential evolution. From the finesse/elegant school of California proprietary reds, this wine is rich and layered, with everything in impeccable balance.Author: Robert Parker
California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 61 bottles owned
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